Friday, April 09, 2021

Kim Jong-un warned of a difficult crisis

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called on the country's people to prepare for a "difficult crisis". This information was given in the report of BBC online on Friday.

 The remarks came after human rights groups warned that North Korea was facing a severe food crisis and economic instability.

Kim Jong-un addressed a party meeting on Thursday. He compared the current crisis to the country's devastating famine in the 1990s. Many people died in that famine.

North Korea has closed its borders because of the Coronavirus epidemic. As a result, the economy and trade of the country, which is dependent on China, has come to a standstill.

There are also international economic sanctions on Pyongyang for not withdrawing from its nuclear program. This has also exacerbated the country's economic woes. 

It is rare for North Korea to acknowledge the crisis it is facing from the highest levels of the state. At yesterday's meeting, Kim Jong-un called on party officials to work to free the country's people from a crisis bigger than the North Korean famine of the 1990s.

North Korea was the most economically dependent of the then Soviet Union. But the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991 deprived North Korea of ​​emergency aid. As a result, about 3 million people died in the terrible famine in the country.

Earlier this week, Kim Jong-un warned that his country was facing "the worst situation and unprecedented challenges."

For months, various human rights groups have warned that North Koreans are struggling to survive. 

The situation is particularly bad in North Korean cities bordering China. The price of maize, the staple food in most rural areas of the country, has skyrocketed. It has also been observed that it takes more than a month to buy just one kg of maize.

Citing people who did not want to be named in North Korea, Lina Yun, a researcher for the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch, said in a recent report that no food products from China have been going to North Korea for almost two months.

The report said beggars have increased in the border areas. Some people have died of starvation. Apart from this, there is no supply of any kind of soap, toothpaste or battery.

North Korea's UN special envoy for human rights, Thomas Ojeya Quintana, warned in a report last month about the country's dire food crisis. He said the people of North Korea were already suffering from malnutrition and starvation due to the severe food crisis.


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